CHWs provide links between clients and health services

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trained professionals who serve as a bridge between patients and health or social services agencies. Since they’re usually from the communities they serve, they understand and can represent the needs and interests of their clients, helping them to communicate better with health care providers and to self-manage their health conditions. […]

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Jogging + picking up litter = PLOGGING

On Saturday Aug. 24, 81 “ploggers” participated in Kansas City’s first plogging event. Plogging is a combination of jogging and picking up litter, a practice that has become popular as concern spreads about litter washing into storm sewers, rivers and streams. The inaugural Plog-a-thon, sponsored by MARC’s Water Quality Public Education Committee with support from […]

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2019-2020 Public Officials Directory now available

Every two years, we publish a directory of local, state and federal officials serving the Kansas City metropolitan area. The 2019–2020 Public Officials Directory is now available. The directory lists officials in the nine-county metropolitan region served by MARC, which includes Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and […]

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In-home food ordering app receives innovation award

“Alexa, I need carrots.” For nearly two years, the Mid-America Regional Council’s Area Agency on Aging has pilot-tested a smart speaker app that can be used by eligible clients to order food from the comfort of their own home. The app uses voice commands through an Amazon Echo smart speaker to open the “Show-Me Pantry” […]

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15

Every year an estimated 5 million older Americans experience elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. In 2011, the United Nations declared June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), an international observance day each year to raise awareness about this growing problem. According to the Administration for Community Living, as many as 1 in 10 […]

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Age Positive Conference focuses on helping older adults “Thrive!”

Nearly 175 professionals and volunteers who work with older adults attended the fourth annual Age Positive: Ideas for an Age-Friendly Future conference at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center on May 8. Attendees learned innovative ideas to enhance the programming at their organizations. This year’s theme was “Thrive!” Keynote speaker Dr. Marshall Stewart, vice chancellor for […]

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Two area cities recognized as Communities for All Ages

The latest cities to be recognized for their age-friendly efforts are Olathe, Kansas, which received a bronze level designation, and Roeland Park, Kansas, which received a gold level designation. The Mid-America Regional Council honored the two cities at the First Suburbs Coalition meeting on April 19. To advance to gold level recognition, the city of […]

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